For designer Melissa Frederiksen, the idea of “interior trends” is a slippery slope that can result in pricey looks and a fleeting shelf life.
“A trend generally doesn’t stand the test of time,” says Frederiksen. “Homeowners don’t usually redecorate often, so it’s easy for décor to look outdated if it’s oversaturated with trendy touches.”
Through a career of remodels and design consultations with her Atmosphere 360 Studio, Frederiksen has found bedrooms a regular room where people are more prone to be attracted to trends. It would make sense that as you spend so much time there, your bedroom should maintain a personal style that is updated and fashionable.
But Frederiksen warns that in order to keep bedrooms looking fresh and up-to-date, it’s also important to keep things timeless. By having flexibility in your design selections, and using a good approach, you’ll be less likely to devote yourself to a trend that’s hot today, but fizzles tomorrow.
That starts with taking a realistic approach to which areas of the room are ripe for making big choices.
“If there are designs that are short-term trends you really like, use them sparingly,” she says.
Larger-budget commitments including beds, sofas or flooring are the most likely elements where homeowners can get overcommitted to the hot looks of the moment only to find themselves stuck when trends change. Instead, Frederiksen advises splurging on accessories or painting the bedroom in the “it” color of the year.
“Both are inexpensive to alter when the look dies,” Frederiksen says. “And it will.”
Here are some ways that Frederiksen suggests homeowners can develop a room that weighs what’s “hot” with “classic and classy” and catch today’s trends while not overcommitting.
Pastels giving way to rich, full colors. While pastels and pink colors have been trendy over the last few years, Frederiksen says that she anticipates a return to fuller colors such as rich blues, violets, emerald green and lush reds. Creating a way to integrate these deeper colors into accessories or even wall paint can make a room feel like a comfy pair of slippers.
“Dark, rich colors bring bedrooms warmth and the feeling of being in a cocoon,” says Frederiksen. And who doesn’t want to feel snug when it comes to their bedroom?
The little black dress of windows. Similar to the classic cocktail dress, Frederiksen says that simple black window frames are a look that stays current, no matter the style. Black window frames offer something to all décors, be it farmhouse, classic and even modernist style, with striking clean lines and a subtle frame for outdoor views. And when it comes to cost investment, Frederiksen says that the timeless style of black window frames, when featured in a quality product, can make bedroom windows a star of any design for years to come.
“I recently selected the Pella® Architect Series for a home with a modern style because we needed high-quality windows with streamlined style and their product fit perfectly,” she says.
The other benefit of black window frames, according to Frederiksen: Even the window hardware becomes a part of the look. “The small details can make or break a room, down to window hardware, and this was very important to my client,” she says. “The Pella hardware created a bold, contemporary look that integrated well with the room.”
Less art clutter. Instead of a gallery wall style, with numerous pieces of small art on bedroom walls, Frederiksen says that larger artwork can take over wall space in a way that brings more calm to the room.
“Bedrooms should be a relaxing area for your brain to rest and sometimes rooms have too much to look at,” she says. “Larger, singular pieces of art help provide a peaceful room beautifully.”
Accenting with textures. Another example of committing less, but developing more impact in room design, Frederiksen says that more bedrooms are including textures and handprinted wallpaper as an accent in a room in place of a solid color.
“It offers a chance for style in a way that is easy to replace when the trends move on,” she says.
One final trend Frederiksen recommends for those hoping to get the most out of their bedroom has more to do with behavior than style.
“If you really want to enjoy your bedroom, one trend should be to cut back on screen time,” she says. “Turn off devices before retiring for the night. Your body will thank you for it.”
For more information on Frederiksen’s designs and inspirations, visit Atmosphere 360 Studio’s website. To learn more about Pella’s Architect Series windows, stop by your local Fall River Pella Showroom or schedule a free, in-home consultation.